High School
Diploma (HD) Program

This Program (HSDP) is designed to provide inmates with an opportunity to fulfill current graduation requirements of the State of California, Department of Education, and secure a High School Diploma (HSD). Based upon an analysis of the transcript, the inmate/student receives instruction in credits needed for graduation.


The requirements for high school graduation and issuance of a HSD are in keeping with State requirements and include the successful completion of 180 semester credits as follows:

30 Semester Credits: English
20 Semester Credits: Mathematics,
including 10 semester credits for Algebra or higher
10 Semester Credits: Life Science
10 Semester Credits: Physical Science
10 Semester Credits: United States History
10 Semester Credits: World History or World Geography and Culture
10 Semester Credits: Arts and/or Foreign Language and/or CTE (shop-based)
5 Semester Credits: United States Government or Civics
5 Semester Credits: Economics
70 Semester Credits: Electives

In order to qualify for a HSD through CDCR’s Office of Correctional Education, students must complete a minimum of 10 semester credits within a CDCR school to meet the residency requirement.

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on HD.


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Program length will vary based on student/inmate credits needed for graduation.


Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students/inmates must not possess a High School Equivalency (HSE), such as a GED, or a HSD.
  • Students/inmates must be within 40 semester credits of earning their HSD. Exceptions may be made on a
    case-by-case basis.
  • Students must have sufficient time remaining prior to their release date to be considered for the HSD program.
  • Have a TABE reading score of 7.9 or higher.


Any inmate/student who has made sufficient progress towards their High School Diploma will be allowed to earn their degree by completing the HD program.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.